Fylde coast crime rises despite fall in Blackpool

Despite falling crime figures for Blackpool, the number of offences reported on the Fylde coast has gone up.

Despite falling crime figures for Blackpool, the number of offences reported on the Fylde coast has gone up.

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Crime on the Fylde coast is on the rise, according to new figures.

The total number of offences recorded across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in the 12 months up to the end of September was 24,396 – up from 23,999 in the previous year – according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

However, crime in Blackpool – where 15,886 offences were reported over the course of a year – is approaching an all-time low, having dropped by 2 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

Instead, the increase has been fuelled by a steady rise in offences across Fylde and Wyre.

It comes as crime across England and Wales is reported to have fallen to a record low, despite increases in violence and sexual offences.

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